Governor reviews pace of Yatra; Yatra crosses one lakh on

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Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2018

12th day of Yatra
Srinagar, July 9: In a review meeting held here today Shri Umang
Narula, CEO, and Shri Bhupinder Kumar, Addl. CEO of the Shrine Board,
informed Governor N.N Vohra, Chairman of the Board, that on the 12th day
of the ongoing Yatra, 9,606 pilgrims paid obeisance at Holy Cave and till
date, 1,04,018 pilgrims had performed Darshan at the Holy Cave. CEO
further informed that during the initial eleven days since the start of the
Yatra, the movement of pilgrims from Jammu to Kashmir Valley was
suspended on three occasions due to rains and slippery track conditions on
both the Yatra routes and landslides and shooting stones between
Railpathri and Brarimarg which resulted in accumulation of a large
number of Yatris at Baltal and Nunwan Base Camps. On one occasion, the
movement of Yatris was stopped from Jammu to the Base Camp of Baltal
and Nunwan because of security concerns.
Governor was further informed that keeping in view the safety of the
Yatris, Shri Amarnathji Yatra remained totally suspended on three
occasions i.e. 30thJune, 4th July, and 5th July from both Baltal as well as
Pahalgam routes and remained suspended twice from Baltal route on
29th June, and 6th July because of landslides, slippery tracks and shooting
stones caused by incessant rainfall.
It is relevant to observe that CEO and the Additional CEO have been
interacting daily with the officials of all the agencies engaged in the
conduct of Yatra and particularly inquiring about the arrangements at the
Shrine and at all the Yatra camps. CEO further informed that 9 MRTs
deployed on various stretches of the track are playing a crucial role in
assisting the safe movement of Yatris in the vulnerable landslide and
falling stone areas, particularly between Brarimarg and Railpathri. CEO
informed that SMS messages to the registered Yatris are being sent to make
them aware about the arduous nature of Yatra and, from today, a message
in Hindi has also been forwarded to the Yatris cautioning them to be
careful of shooting stones while moving on the Track through Bulk SMSs.

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